July in Berlin

Open-air cinema in Kreuzberg

I won’t mention the weather. #disappointing

This is what the whooshing sound of July’s deadline for the Picklets iPad app sounded like;


Through July I worked a couple of days a week at a coworking space called Co.up in Berlin Kreuzberg. Excellent environment for my style of quiet, self-driven software development.

During one of these days I was shadowed by Ann Danilkiw who is documenting the lifestyles of mobile digital professionals. Ann’s intention is to produce approximately three-minute-long documentaries of each of her subjects. Hoping to see mine sometime in September.

I also attended a couple of evening events as a result of meeting people at the coworking space. Japan-based developer/translator Jed Schmidt who presented ‘Around the world in 50 cafés’ at Pecha Kucha Berlin, and the July meetup of BerlinJS (for javascript developers) hosted by Jan Lenhardt in the Co.up offices.

Punchcard-reading weaving machinery at the Deutsches Technikmuseum

Business Development

I was fortunate to meet a couple of Berlin-based illustrators at a Stammtisch in Kreuzberg a couple of weeks ago. I took a stack of my mini-comic ‘Understanding Picklets’ (in German) and passed them around. The following week I gave a demonstration of the picklet project to a group of 12 or so locals, in the Co.up meeting room.

The week after that I spent a few hours with some of those participants getting them set up with Picklet Builder accounts and a bit more familiar with the workflow.

I’m quite excited about the ideas these illustrators are bringing to the picklet platform.

Just last night I went to a meetup of Berlin-based comics and ‘zine folks at Renate Comics in Mitte, with the few remaining copies of Understanding Picklets. Chatted with a few interesting folk there too. Hopeful of some follow-up.

R Stevie Moore and Tropical Ooze at West Germany, Kreuzberg


I did also get out and see some touring musicians during July, which was pretty sweet.

Mainstream Cultural

And then I did some touristy museum visits (some with visiting friends) as well, because it’s Good For Me.

I’m in Berlin for two more weeks which will be packed solid with coding. Coding, coding, coding.

You’re welcome.

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